A pet passport will allow your cat or dog to travel with you if you go abroad. Contact us now on 023 8040 6215 to get one for your pet.
The process of obtaining a passport is much simpler than it used to be and we can do it all for you. Your pet will need to have a microchip and a rabies vaccination and then have a booster vaccination against rabies every three years. The Pet Travel Scheme only controls entry back into the UK. While most European countries don’t have specific entry requirements it is worth checking the relevant pet travel regulations for the countries that you are planning to visit.
For Travel within the EU
You don’t need to meet the pet travel rules if you travel within the UK or between the UK and the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
When you enter or return to the UK from another EU country your pet must meet the following requirements:
1. Your pet must be microchipped. This must be done before your pet gets a rabies vaccination.
2. Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies. You must wait 21 days from the date of the vaccination before travelling. The day of vaccination counts as day 0 and not day 1.
3. Your pet must have a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate.
4. Dogs must have had a tapeworm treatment no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entry.
5. You must use an approved transport company and an approved route unless you’re travelling between the UK and Ireland.
You’ll need to follow additional rules if you’re entering or returning to the UK or another EU country from a listed or an unlisted country. Please see the government website for more details. https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
As the UK Government has agreed with the EU to a six-month extension of Article 50, Pets will be able to travel to the EU using their current EU pet passport until the UK leaves the EU. No further checks or tests are required. Please click here to see further information about when the UK leaves the EU.
Diseases That Can Be Picked up Abroad
Since the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) was introduced in 2000, there have been an increasing number of animals returning to the UK with ‘exotic’ diseases. The following lists some of these diseases and how pets may pick up infection:
Leishmaniosis spread by Sandflies
Heartworm spread by Mosquitoes
Babesiosis spread by Ticks
Ehrlichiosis spread by Ticks
Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm spread by Small rodents (if eaten)
Rabies spread by Bite/saliva from another infected animal
Please check the following links for disease prevalence maps and more information:
More information is now available to UK vets to help us assess the risk of disease to animals travelling abroad and we are now better able to advise pet owners on disease prevention protocols. There are a number of products available that can help reduce the risk of pet exposure to insects and ticks that spread disease, and for the control of tapeworms which can present potentially serious problems for human health should infected dogs enter the UK. However there is no single treatment that covers all the parasites. An assessment of the risks facing each pet is needed, which will depend on which countries the pet will be going to and the time of year the travel will be taking place.